Derco, a Sikorsky company, manages obsolescence through effective management and monitoring of supply chain alternatives. Obsolescence is managed as an integral part of design, development, production, and in-service support in order to minimize its cost and impact over the whole equipment life cycle.
As aircraft operators find they require their aircraft to perform different missions or have operations that their aircraft cannot perform, Derco is able to work with operators to define mission requirement specifications and assist in determining an upgrade or modification that will provide new capabilities including fire fighting missions, search and rescue, and air to air refueling.
As a function of both Civil Aviation Authority and technological improvements, new aircraft equipment and airspace regulations are evolving on a routine basis. Derco can help customers identify these regulations and present solutions for compliance.
Improvements in aircraft avionics design and manufacturing have emphasized reducing aircraft downtime and lowering maintenance cost. Today, electronics are built with internal test features and have significantly lower rates of Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF). In most cases, newer installations also have a reduced number of Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) and also a significant reduction of electrical wiring.
Derco strongly believes that airworthiness is not a process that should be taken lightly. As a result, the Derco airworthiness management for all material support programs is among the most stringent and demanding of any in the aerospace industry.
Derco provides assurance of experienced personnel who are knowledgeable in flight safety regulations. The Derco process delivers a capable aircraft that meets or exceeds the highest regulatory standards.